1. Raw herring salad:
Raw herring salad is a rustic dish but also the favorite one of the locals on Phu Quoc. People call it salad but the way they eat this dish is pretty different from the other normal Vietnamese salads. Shredded coconut and raw fish will be mixed with mint and onion, then wrapped with fresh vegetables in rice paper and dipped in fish sauce. You can also pick up pieces of raw fish, vegetables, coconut and then wrap them all with rice paper. The sauce served with raw herring salad is also very special. It is made from finely chopped chili, garlic and toasted peanuts which are all mixed with Phu Quoc fish sauce in order to create a spicy, fragrant and unforgettable flavor.
2. Ham Ninh flower crab:
Flower crab is the specialty of this island and readily available in many local restaurants. The fresh red flower crabs get an amazing taste and rich texture when being boiled and dipped in the sauce made from black pepper, salt and lime juice. A large crab is not tasty as the smaller ones. Therefore, you should choose the medium – size that there are about 6-7 flower crabs in a kilogram. In addition, if you like crab – roe, choose female crabs. If you like meaty ones, choose male crabs. Crabs on Phu Quoc island are so good that it is a pity if you do not try this kind of seafood when arriving the island.
In order to enjoy the best flower crabs, you should visit Ham Ninh which is 20 kilometers away from Duong Dong town.
3. Grilled Sea urchin with scallion:
Grilled sea urchin is a favorite dish in Phu Quoc because it can retain the richness of the urchins. Despite its ugly appearance, sea urchins become a tempting dish thanks to clever chefs. After the thorns of fresh sea urchins have been removed, the sea urchins will be cut in half, washed and drained then topped with grease, scallion and grilled on hot charcoals at the end. After being cooked, sea urchins are aromatic. You just need to take a spoon of the flesh and eggs inside then enjoy with a mixture of salt, black pepper and lemon juice. The richness of sea urchins mingled with fragrant aroma of roasted peanuts, grease and spring onion provide an incredibly feeling.
While the gourmets love grilled sea urchins with black pepper and salt, Japanese people prefer raw sea urchins served with lime juice and wasabi. The raw sea urchins will be mixed with lime juice and salt and pepper and directly eaten to fulfill the taste of all the ingredients.
Coming to Phu Quoc, you can try grilled sea urchins and other delicious foods right at Dinh Cau night market.
4. Boletus soup:
For the locals, boletus soup is a special dish.
Boletus only appears in deep forests in rainy season so it is difficult to plant them. Moreover, these special mushrooms grow and die quickly so they must be picked within one week after the rain. The soup which is made from boletus, fresh squids, shrimps and spicy black pepper is definitely an unforgettable dish. If you come to Phu Quoc in dry season, you are just able to enjoy dried or frozen boletus which are absolutely not as good as the fresh ones.
While fresh boletus are cooked with shrimps, fish and squids, the dried ones are stir – fried with abalones or sea cucumbers. The soup is flavored with the sweetness of boletus, fragrant aroma of black pepper and becomes much tastier when being served with Phu Quoc fish sauce.
The boletus are now still quite available and popular at many restaurants and eateries in Phu Quoc with affordable prices.
5. Fried Squids with Fish Sauce:
Fried squid with fish sauce is also one of the best food choices of tourists in Phu Quoc. Squid is a little bigger than a human thumb and contains a lot of nutritious egg squid in their belly. Squid which is fried with fish sauce, sugar and seasoning powder is chewy, toothsome and unbelivably incredible. When you are in Phu Quoc, don't forget to try seafood. More importantly, don't forget to try fried Squied with Fish Sauce.
6. Phu Quoc Crab Rice:
The crab rice is few things you have to try when coming to Phu Quoc. Tasting the rice, you will understand more about the earth, the sea, and the people who live between the two. The main ingredient of the dish is rice, while the crab, mixed with garlic, onions, and bit of sauce will be the crown. The rice when finished will have a color yellow, and the rice is usually fat and the crab is sweet. You can choose some vegetable to eat with the crab rice such as cucumber or tomatoes and most importantly, the fish sauce that can neutral or increase any flavor. There are many ways to cook crab. You can boil and dip in salt-n-pepper lemon dip, grill, soup cake, hot pot. The best crab is in Ham Ninh, where the crab is small but the meat is solid and better than anywhere else.a